Shin Ae-ra

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Shin Ae-ra
Born (1969-07-03) July 3, 1969 (age 47)
South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actress, radio DJ
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Cha In-pyo (m. 1995)
Children Cha Jeong-Min (b. 1998)
Cha Ye-eun (b. 2005)
Cha Ye-jin (b. 2007)
Korean name
Hangul 신애라
Revised Romanization Shin Ae-ra
McCune–Reischauer Sin Ae-ra

Shin Ae-ra (born July, 3rd 1969) is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in 1989, and has since played leading roles in television dramas such as Love in Your Arms and Bad Housewife.[1][2] She married actor Cha In-pyo in 1995, and the couple gained widespread approval and respect from the Korean public for being philanthropists.[3][4][5] They are active volunteers at orphanages and welfare centers, as well as generous donors to causes such as the fight against child abuse and school violence, North Korean refugee rights, and humanitarian aid to underprivileged children (particularly in North Korea and Uganda), often working with the organizations Compassion International and the Social Welfare Society.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Shin gave birth to a son, Cha Jeong-min in 1998. But she and her husband made headlines when they adopted Korean baby girls, Cha Ye-eun in 2005, and Cha Ye-jin in 2008.[12][13][14] Their case highlighted the issue of adoption in Korea, where despite the prevalence of overseas adoption, domestic adoption is rare and stigmatized due to culturally held beliefs stressing "pure" blood lines. Shin and Cha's case was even more notable since Korean couples with biological children of their own rarely adopt, and they were lauded for serving as positive role models.[15]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role Network
1989 Angel's Choice 천사의 선택 MBC
1990 A Tree Blooming with Love 사랑이 꽃피는 나무 Young-seon KBS1
My Mother 나의 어머니 Second daughter-in-law MBC
Years of Ambition 야망의 세월 Choi Tae-hee KBS2
1991 The Woman Sets the Dining Table 밥상을 차리는 여자 Eun-soo KBS2
What Is Love? 사랑이 뭐길래 Park Jung-ran MBC
1992 Ambitions on Sand 모래위의 욕망 So-young SBS
언제나 신혼 Go Man-soon KBS1
1993 Our Hot Song 우리들 뜨거운 노래 Jae-hee SBS
Lover 연인 Min Hee-kyung KBS2
1994 Three Men, Three Women 세 남자 세 여자 Cha Se-ran SBS
Love in Your Arms 사랑을 그대 품안에 Lee Jin-joo MBC
1995 Flames of Ambition 야망의 불꽃 Kim Chae-hyun SBS
1997 Conditions of Love 사랑의 조건 Jung-min MBC
Best Theater
"짐작과는 다른 일들"
- 짐작과는 다른 일들
Baby Blues First Story
- Fetal Diary
베이비 블루스 첫 번째 이야기
- 태아일기
Hee-joo SBS
Baby Blues Second Story
- Parenting Diary
베이비 블루스 두 번째 이야기
- 육아일기
Hee-joo SBS
Tears of Roses 장미의 눈물 Baek Jang-mi SBS
1999 You Don't Know My Mind 남의 속도 모르고 Na Do-hae MBC
2000 My Funky Family 가문의 영광 Ae-ra MBC
2005 Bad Housewife 불량 주부 Choi Mina SBS
2006 My Love 마이 러브 Jang Mi-ran SBS
2011 Indomitable Daughters-in-Law 불굴의 며느리 Oh Young-shim MBC
2013 Ugly Alert 못난이 주의보 Jin Sun-hye (cameo) SBS


Year Title Hangul Role
2006 Ice Bar 아이스케키 Young-rae's mother
2009 The Tale of Despereaux 작은 영웅 데스페로 The Narrator (voice, Korean dubbed)
2011 Calling 3: Himalayan Schweitzer 명3: 히말라야의 슈바이처 Documentary narration

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Hangul Network Notes
1991 창사 30주년 기념 -
청소년을 위한 음악회
MBC Host
여기 젊음이 - 91 대학생이 뽑은
삶의 노래 사랑의 노래
MBC Host
Weekend Comedy Theater 주말 코미디극장 MBC Host
1992 총집합 설날 큰잔치 MBC Host
Hidden Camera 몰래카메라 MBC Host
1994 그 사람 그 후 MBC Host
1997 Studio of Dreams 꿈의 스튜디오 KBS2 Host
1998 Studio of Love 사랑의 스튜디오 MBC Host
New Life for Children 어린이에게 새 생명을 MBC Host
1999 Access! Movie World 접속! 무비월드 SBS Host
우리 용서합시다 MBC Host
Childcare Diary 육아일기 EBS Host
2001 Let's Praise 칭찬합시다 MBC Host
2006 Doctors 닥터스 MBC Host
2008 모성탐구 엄마가 달라졌어요 EBS Narration
2009 Asiatic Black Bears Returned to Nature 자연으로 돌아간 반달가슴곰 SBS Documentary narration
Love - Robot Legged Sejin 사랑 - "로봇다리 세진이" 편 MBC Documentary narration
Barnacle Lou 따개비 루 EBS Narration
2010 Tips to Become Gifted[16] 영재의 비법 Story On Host
2011 Documentary Three Days 다큐멘터리 3일 KBS2 Documentary narration
2012 Little Big Hero 리틀빅 히어로 tvN Narration
2013 Korean Food Master 신애라의 요리의 정석 Olive Narration
2014 The Return of Superman 슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다 KBS2 Narration


Year Title Hangul Role
1992 Agnes of God 신의 아그네스 Sister Agnes
1994 West Side Story 웨스트 사이드 스토리 Maria
1998 Nunsense 넌센스 Sister Robert Anne
2003 The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife 희한한 구둣방집 마누라 Young wife
2009 Really Really Like You 진짜진짜 좋아해 Shin Jang-mi

Radio program[edit]

Year Title Hangul Station
1991 Our Happy Youth 기쁜 우리 젊은 날 SBS FM
1992 Like Tonight 오늘같은 밤엔 KBS 2FM
1995 Cinema Music Room 영화음악실 KBS 2FM
1997 Hopeful Music at Noon 정오의 희망곡 MBC FM
2003 To You Who Forget the Night 밤을 잊은 그대에게 KBS 2FM

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated work Result
2003 2nd Star Seonhaeng Award N/A Won
2005 Korea Green Foundation 100 People Who Light Up Our World N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Bad Housewife Nominated
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Ice Bar Nominated
2008 Asan Foundation 20th Asan Special Award[17] N/A Won
2009 Korea CEO Summit Grand Prize, Volunteer Service category N/A Won
2010 Pony Chung Foundation 4th Pony Chung Innovation Award[18] N/A Won
2011 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Won
2013 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 32nd Sejong Munhwa Award[19][20] N/A Won


  1. ^ "There's More to Life Than Acting, Says Shin Ae-ra". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  2. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (5 September 2006). ""Tailor-Made" Role for SHIN Ae-ra". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  3. ^ Kim, Hye-in (23 July 2014). "Healing Camp Shin Ae Ra shows tears after reading Cha In Pyo's letter". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  4. ^ "4th Awardee". Pony Chung Foundation. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  5. ^ Chung, Sung-hee (25 April 2012). "A truly celebrity of conscience". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Cha In-pyo, Shin Ae-ra Support 10 Foreign Children". KBS Global. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  7. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (3 June 2009). "Celebrities Support Compassion Korea". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  8. ^ Han, Sang-hee (2 December 2009). "Stars Warming Up Winter With Charities". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Cha In-Pyo, Shin Ae-ra Donate 100 Million Won to Haiti". KBS Global. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  10. ^ Ahn, Alexander Tehoon (26 April 2012). "Actress Shin Ae-ra starts podcast against school violence". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  11. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (24 April 2014). "Star couple mourns for Sewol victims". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  12. ^ "Celebrity Couple Adopts 'God-Sent' Addition to Family". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 December 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  13. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (29 January 2008). "Celebrity Couple Adopts Another Girl". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  14. ^ "Cha In-pyo, Shin Ae-ra Adopt Another Child". KBS Global. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  15. ^ "Celebrity Couple Sets Example to Follow". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  16. ^ Han, Sang-hee (5 April 2010). "Program Shows How to Become Gifted". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  17. ^ "Celebrity Couple to Receive Philanthropy Award". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  18. ^ "Celebrity Couple Honored for Charity Work". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  19. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (10 May 2013). "Ex-US envoy, French scholar wins Sejong Munhwa award". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  20. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (9 May 2013). "Former U.S. ambassador wins Sejong Munhwa award". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 

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